THE NUMBER ONE JAM OF THE YEAR
How is it possible that with so few people
actually making the effort to come to this years York Jam so many
flatlanders still managed to show up to ride? Well, the answer is
simple and filled by one word: York. Every year this jam
manages to pull in upwards of fifty flatlanders from all over the world to
ride in a dusty parking lot that featured several areas covered with
broken glass. Brooms in hand and a good attitude with a lot of
sweeping and the riders were all set to go. Sure, the lot sucks, but
really, it's not any worse than most contest areas that are provided for
flatlanders. Most of all, it's a huge lot and despite being
somewhat... ummm... 'unofficial' the police don't hassle us.
what was your excuse for not showing up? Hopefully it is "Dude,
what are you talking about? I was there!" but just in case it
isn't, you will want to check out and refer people throughout the year to www.bmxtrix.com/yorkjam
for updates as to when the 2004 jam will be. This year though we saw
some familiar faces as well as some new ones.
worth writing up a story about who was there and what went down. The
only thing to talk about is how good the vibe was throughout the
day. It was hot, the middle of July and when we rolled into the
parking lot around noon or so there were about 75 guys covering the
parking lot. Turnout seemed lower than last years, but planning was not as
exact as last years jam either. With riders all over the place we
snaked our way through the lot to a somewhat shaded parking space and
pulled the bike out for a day of riding. No, the video camera was to
stay in the car for most of the day so the focus could be on the riding
It's something special when you run into about 30
people you consider friends and by the end of the weekend there were a few
more people added to the list that I look forward to seeing next
year. Next year, it should be pointed out, will be the 20th
Anniversary York Jam and the guys in York may try to have a more
legitimate location for the Jam and try to get information into the
magazines in early Summer so all the riders can make travel arrangements
to attend. Full info will always be up on this site to keep everyone
up to date.
As the day settled into night some people got
into their cars and headed off to restaurants and hotels or headed back
home, but those that hung out were treated to what many were calling the
next day, the best part of the jam. BMXTRIX had brought along a ten
foot screen and a video projector and about 50 or so remaining riders hung
out to watch the preview of the upcoming BMXTRIX Horizons video as well as
a Bobby Carter's newest installment of the Diversion videos (get a copy at
While BMXTRIX was familiar with all the stuff showing in Horizons, we had
never laid our eyes on Diversion. Bobby Carter does an incredible
job with cameras and editing to put together something really fun to watch
with some interesting short interludes. Most of all, the finale with
Terry Adams simply kicks ass.
About halfway through the
video showing a police officer on a motorcycle rolled into the lot.
Try to picture about fifty people sitting around on the ground with lots
of BMX bikes around them in this huge parking lot and a screen with a BMX
video going on and music blaring out of a sound system (thanks to Mark
Eaton for that!). I'm not sure what was going through the cops head,
but my guess would be that he was saying something like "What the
fuck?". The officer sat there for a while, saw that nothing
dangerous or harmful seemed to be going on and after sitting downwind for
a while he didn't smell any weed in the air. The cop took off
without interrupting anything at all and we were free to watch to the end
of the videos in peace.
Props and thanks to all those who
attended and most of all to Mark Eaton, Brett Downs, and Kevin Jones for
making the city of York a trip that every flatlander in the world should
take at least once in their lives.
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!